The Maccabees Announce Split In Open Letter As 2016 Continues To Suck
Read why The Maccabees have decided to split here...
The Maccabees have announced that they are to “call it a day” after 14 years together as a band.
The Londoners recently headlined Latitude festival after putting out four albums, with their third record Given to the Wild being nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize.
Posting an open letter on Twitter, the group said that “there have no been fallings out” and that they “are very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peak and off the back of the best and biggest shows we have ever done.”
The full open letter reads:
“A Message To Our Fans…
“After 14 years as a band we have decided to call it a day. The decision has obviously been an incredibly difficult one, given that The Maccabees has been such a huge part of our lives until now.
“We are very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peak and off the back of the best and biggest shows we have ever done.
“There have no been fallings out and we are grateful to say that we are not leaving the group behind as a divided force. It has been a rare and absolutely incredible time that we all feel very lucky to have shared.
“Love to anyone who has ever stood by our band, bought our records, come and seen us play, or cared and contributed in whatever capacity it may have been. We have always valued it immeasurably, tried to honour it as best we could and can only say thank you to you all very deeply and sincerely.
“Though there are no concrete plans at this stage, we are all planning to continue making music. We are excited about the future and intend to move on, with some sadness, but with appreciation, affection and huge pride at the music we have made and all that we have achieved together.
“There will be some farewell celebration shows announced in the near future.
Once again, especially to fans of The Maccabees, thank you for the countless good times that we will never forget. Take care and we will be in touch soon.
The Maccabees x”
The announcement comes as a shock, but we can all agree on wishing Orlando, Hugo, Felix, Rupert and Sam the very best with whatever they choose to do next. Thanks for all the good times, the incredible gigs and for ‘Forever I’ve Known’. What a beautiful song.